Gourmet Rhapsody: A Fictional Foodoir

Gourmetrhapsody Just released in an English translation, Muriel Barbery's first novel Gourmet Rhapsody (published in France in 2000) tells the story of Pierre Arthens, the greatest food critic in the world, who, facing death, searches his memory for "that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence." "While 'Gourmet Rhapsody' is unlikely to appeal to as wide a reading swath as [Barbery's] 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog,'" says the Christian Science Monitor, "Barbery’s descriptions should have foodies salivating." $9 at amazon.com



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